Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quotidian Apologetics: Sacred Tradition: Worshipping Mary?


   Let's begin with the big stumbling blocks of misunderstanding of the Sacred Tradition of The Catholic Church for Protestant Christians and unbelievers. No doubt, your friend may lead with these errors when you attempt to explain the Sacred Tradition of The Catholic Church.  You may confidentially inform your Protestant friend that the Catechism does not teach what they may think it teaches.


1. The Catechisim of the Catholic Church does not teach Catholic Christians to worship Mary.

2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not teach Catholic Christians to worship the Pope.
3. The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not teach that a priest has the power to forgive sins.
4. The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not teach Catholic Christians to worship a dead Christ.
 
5. The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not teach Catholic Christians to worship a Saint.
6. The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not teach Catholic Christians to use a rosary like a lucky charm.

   We believe that once the common misunderstandings of The Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church are acknowledged by us as Catholic Christians, our Protestant Christian friends may be more open to understanding just how beautiful and good Sacred Tradition is. We moved past our own misunderstandings of The Sacred Tradition as we made our own journey from believing in parts of the truth of Christianity to entrusting ourselves to The Catholic Church's intrepid defense of the integrity of the Christian Faith.
   In order to remain brief in our own attempt at explaining what has already been stated in history, we will begin each chapter by opening a window to how we used to believe as Protestant Christians.  Your Protestant friends may have differing views and beliefs according to their own affiliation with the Movement due to the multifarious re-interpretations of Christian Doctrine. We cannot speak for all Protestant Christians. 
   The introduction to the section on Sacred Tradition in the Catechism begins by answering the question, "Why the liturgy?". It is an appropriate question to answer since it is in the worship of the Triune God that you can witness the veracity of the Sacred Tradition of The Church with Biblically-ordained worship of our Creator from the beginning of recorded history. More specifically, the liturgy of the worship of God has remained true in its purpose and that is because the Sacred Authority of the Church has protected the Deposit of Faith present in the Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition.  As you will find in our discussion on the Sacred Tradition, we wouldn't have a leg to stand on (pun intended) without these other two legs of the stool of the Christian Faith. In our next essay on The Sacred Tradition we will explore what liturgy actually means and how we participate in "the work of God" in worship and in living a sacramental life as a servant in the image of our Lord.





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